The Falling: A Brightest Stars Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
July 2022
10 hours 43 minutes
A new love story from Anna Todd begins with The Falling, the first novel in a new trilogy from the #1 internationally bestselling author of the After series.

Twenty-year-old Karina is proud of the independent life she is trying to create for herself in Ft. Benning, Georgia. A dutiful officer’s daughter, supportive sister to a troubled twin brother, and caring friend to her roommate, Elodie, Karina always puts the needs of others ahead of her own and prides herself on being a fixer of broken things—whether it’s the house she’s just bought or the fragmented family she works hard to keep intact.

Like anyone who has grown up around an army base, Karina also knows the background noise that follows men and women home from war. And when she meets Kael, a handsome soldier on the cusp of discharge, she’s immediately intrigued by his brooding presence and enigmatic silence. As their uncertain and unexpected friendship starts to turn into something more, Karina tries to piece together Kael’s story: he is emotionally closed off, recovering from wounds and other trauma in the aftermath of two tours in Afghanistan. In her practice as a physical therapist, Karina has a strong desire to help him heal, and though it challenges her many insecurities and anxieties, she has an equally strong desire to trust him. But that trust is fragile, like the preciousness of a soldier’s life. It can be gone in an instant. Ultimately facing a crossroads, their relationship will be tested by the one thing that Karina cannot accept, forgive, or understand.

Anna Todd’s Brightest Stars trilogy continues with The Burning and The Infinite Light of Dust, coming soon.
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Jena L.

Once again Anna Todd suck me into her books with her characters and the narration topped it off. I like the theme of military families and young characters who are independent. At times the book feels a little dramatic, but you don't get good storytelling without some drama. Can't wait for the next one to come out and I'm bummed that I have to wait so long.

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